400 Jobs. 50,000 Applicants. Delta Undertakes Massive Interview Process

Feb 26, 2013

When Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines put out word it was hiring flight attendants, 50,000+ people applied for 400 jobs. 

Delta’s spent this month interviewing candidates face-to-face.  But it’s not your typical interview.

Even those applicants who are most nervous smile when a chorus line of Delta flight attendants comes at you singing the airline's version of, "New York, New York."

Delta flight attendant Troy Thoroup is part of a team who help make the hiring decisions.

Troy Thorup has spent the past month interviewing potential Delta flight attendants. The airline received more than 50,000 applicants for roughly 400 jobs.
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“It’s been one of those careers that have always held some mystique through the years, that people have always looked at our jobs and wonder what it is we truly do," he says. 

The large applicant pool is not surprising to Veda Shook.  The International President for the Association of Flight Attendants, CWA says the response is indicative of the current job market.

“People understand that it’s a good job to be a flight attendant, and unfortunately our economy hasn’t fully recovered.  So I can appreciate that many people would apply," she says. 

The AFA says the average flight attendant’s wage: $33,000.